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Wilton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called. Most, including those in Cumbria, Herefordshire, Norfolk, and East and North Yorkshire, are named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. One in Somerset and another in Wiltshire have as their first element Old English wiell(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’. The one that has given its name to the county of Wiltshire is named for the Wylye river, on which it stands (an ancient British river name, perhaps meaning ‘capricious’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Winton, Hilton, Milton, Bilton, Welton, Kilton, Chilton, Walton

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Where is the Wilton family from?

You can see how Wilton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Wilton families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Wilton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Wilton families in 1840.
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What did your Wilton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wilton. 19% of Wilton men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Wilton women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilton were Carpenter and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Wilton. For the veterans among your Wilton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilton lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Wilton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wilton in 1950 was 45, and 79 in 2004.

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